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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
When you are dealing with footage, especially when you are dealing with long clips, subclips is one of the best features that you could use. I have his duck dive - close footage. I'm going to double-click this in the Project panel to open it up in the Source Monitor and basically this clip, as we can see here, by looking at the Project panel, is 43 seconds long. It's just kind of clips of ducks here. So, you can see. Now, I love ducks as much as the next guy, but 43 seconds is ridiculously long.
But let's say I am working on editing a news piece about ducks in a lake or something, and this clip has a lot of really interesting shots. So there are some ducks here at the beginning, say this is a duck 2 shot, if you will, and then a little bit later on, we maybe have just that one duck and then we have that duck again over here by the branches, which is kind of cool, and then the dive, which is really cool. So, let's say we want to use this 43-second clip for a bunch of different clips of B-roll. So, what I can do is come over here and maybe I'll set an in-point here, advance a few seconds and set an out-point.
So, let's say I like this clip here. What I can do, we know that I can drag the clip here to the Timeline, but one of the things I could also do is grab here in the Source Monitor and drag this back to the Project panel. Now, you'll notice that it looks like I have two of the same clip here. But actually, if you look at the length of the clip, and let's say, we just change the duration in and out-point, so the clip is the normal duration here. You'll see that the original clip is still 48 seconds and then this clip that we've created, called a Subclip, is 3 seconds and 11 frames.
So, now we could go back to our video, in the Source Monitor, and we can continue to look at different little clips here. And maybe we'll click an in-point there and an out-point there and then make another subclip by dragging from the Source Monitor to the Project panel. So now this one is 3 seconds and 8 frames. Since, these are all separate clips, they can be renamed and used independently and we don't have to worry about this big massive 43-second clip, every time we need B-roll footage from it. We could basically go through and get sub-clips as necessary and then we have these little nice clips from our master clip to use whenever we need.
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